Meghan Markle To Executive Produce Netflix Animation Series Celebrating Women’s History

Meghan Markle’s production company Archewell Pictures is making its first foray into animation through a series titled Pearl. Meant for children, the programme genre-wise will be a mix of fantasy and history.

Markle is executive producing the project alongside David Furnish, the husband of Elton John. 

In a statement Furnish said on the series: “Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and I are deeply passionate about bringing the inspirational and positive stories of extraordinary women from around the world to a global audience of all ages.” 

“The team collaborating on the series are first class, and Netflix are the perfect partner.”

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The Royal duo announced its partnership with Netflix in September 2019. Since then, the first and only production to have been greenlit from the streaming service was announced in April titled Heart of Invictus.

Helmed by Prince Harry the series covers the journey of competitors in the lead up to the Invictus Games. An Olympics-style event with numerous countries featuring wounded service members. 

Pearl however will focus on the escapades of a 12-year-old girl as she meets noteworthy women throughout history. 

“Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,” Meghan said in a statement. 

“I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history. David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it today.”

Markle has been a staunch advocate of promoting women’s rights and the accomplishments of women in recent years. Co-editing British Vogues September issue in 2019 the Duchess of Sussex chose a cohort of female change-makers to grace the cover of the magazine. 

These individuals included New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, actor Jane Fonda, climate activist Greta Thunberg, actor and producer Laverne Cox, author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, actor Salma Hayak Pinault and youth voting activist Yara Shahidi. 

The Suits alumni also spoke about gender inequality around the pandemic’s impact at Global Citizen’s Vax Live event in May.

Part of her speech at the event was: “Women, and especially women of color, have seen a generation of economic gain wiped out. Since the pandemic began, nearly 5.5 million women have lost work in the U.S., and 47 million more women around the world are expected to slip into extreme poverty.

“My husband and I are thrilled to soon be welcoming a daughter. It’s a feeling of joy we share with millions of other families around the world. When we think of her, we think of all the young women and girls around the globe who must be given the ability and support to lead us forward.”

The release date for Pearl has not yet been announced however more work is reportedly in the pipeline through the couple’s Netflix collaboration including children’s programmes, docu-series and documentaries.

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